Gender and Politics in the media

Research: Are women more effective legislators? Even praise to a female politicians’ appearance may hurt her campaign

Are women more effective legislators? Political scientist Craig Volden explains his research from the American Journal of Political Science, which found that female lawmakers are better than their male counterparts at reaching across the aisle and could be more effective at their jobs.

Power Redefined: Announcing The Forbes Women’s Summit Forbes Forbes believes that in order to solve the world’s most intractable issues, a more expansive gathering of thought is critical. In this spirit, Forbes will hold a very different kind of women’s summit — not about women’s issues, but how a new …

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. President Obama, under criticism, apologized last week for commenting on Harris’ physical appearance. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Even praise to a female politicians’ appearance may hurt her campaign MSNBC The Women’s Media Center study was conducted by presenting 1,500 likely voters with a hypothetical congressional contest between a female candidate, Jane Smith, and a male candidate, Dan Jones. Voters read a profile about the two candidates and then …

How Pay Inequity Hurts Women of Color Center For American Progress Today, April 9, is Equal Pay Day—the date that marks how many extra days women must work in 2013 to earn what men earned in 2012. Unfortunately, the wages of working women and particularly the wages of women of color continue to lag behind the pay of their male counterparts. Moreover, for women of color there is a double pay gap. As a group, women of color earn less than their white female peers—a reality that means they need to work longer to earn the same pay as white women and then even longer to match the earnings of white men. The gender- and race-based wage gap affects families of color with long-term consequences that hinder wealth accumulation.

Why aren’t women winning? AMERICAblog (blog) Kes: Equal marriage rights don’t require anything from the straight population. Those of us who are straight aren’t being asked to give up anything. But with women’s issues, most of the problems we face can be traced back to male entitlement and male …

Immigration Policy Reform Can’t Ignore Women Huffington Post Polls show that the vast majority of voters and business owners understand the importance of passing an inclusive immigration reform. In fact, a recent poll by the Washington Post showed that 70% of all voters support creating a roadmap to citizenship …

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